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General Chinese (Beginner Level)

eChineseLearning provides a huge number of Chinese resources for Chinese language learners. The materials in this section are designed to teach Chinese to non-native Chinese learners of various skill levels. These basic Chinese language materials are edited by eChineseLearning's professional teaching staff. And best of all, they are totally FREE! If you are interested in learning Chinese, the basic Chinese language resources in this section will be of a great use to you!

Sleep is as important for good health as diet and exercise. However, in this day and age, many people, especially the younger generations enjoy staying up late at night. Normally we call these people “night owls”. Do you know how to say it in Chinese?
In Chinese, night is translated to “yè (夜)”, and “owl” translated ...


Have you heard of “Liú gēng hóng nǚ hái (刘畊宏女孩)” before? What is “Liú gēng hóng nǚ hái (刘畊宏女孩)” exactly?
During the home quarantine in Shanghai amid the COVID pandemic, Liu Genghong, aka Will Liu, a 49-year-old singer from Taiwan went viral for his workout live streams. He has been working out for over 30 years ...


Every culture values gift-giving as a way to strengthen relationships and build alliances. The Chinese people are no exception to this practice. But choosing an ideal gift is never easy, and there are even some taboos in countries like China. In this article, we’ll give you some useful tips on what gifts you should avoid ...


It’s almost summer time in China. Many Chinese would go out to enjoy great food with family or friends at night. One of the most popular choices is “shāo kǎo(烧烤)”, Chinese barbecue, a kind of food that belongs to the night.

烧烤 (Shāo kǎo): n. Barbecue

Examples:
No.1:
Zhōng guó de shāo kǎo hěn bàng.
中      ...


Did you know the first nail polish was invented in China in 3000 BC by mixing egg whites, beeswax, gum, and colored powder? Makeup in China has been popular over the centuries. Especially the whitening face powder that survived in China while tanning was popularised in other countries thanks to Coco Chanel! Are you willing ...


When you think of going for a stroll in the park, what comes to mind – birds singing? a gentle breeze blowing? swathes of greenery punctuated by plots of brightly colored flowers?
If you’re walking through a park in China, you’ll get all of that… along with a few surprises older generations have waiting for you. ...


What’s more than 2,500 years old but still applied to strategy and planning for great success in business, politics, and international diplomacy to this day? Well, the “三十六计 (sān shí liù jì) 36 ancient Chinese strategies” and their theories, of course! If you read How to Apply 36 Chinese Stratagems to Business this ...


Going to train at a new gym can be intimidating. So we can only imagine what it’s like if you are going to a new gym in a new country. Let’s say you are planning on living or working in China in the future but want to also stay in shape. You’re going to want ...


Can you believe it’s almost the end of January already? Lucky for us, that means the Chinese New Year is almost here! This year, the “Spring Festival” – a translation of the Chinese name for the holiday – will fall on February 1, 2022.
春节 (chūn jié): n. Spring Festival (Chinese New Year; Lunar New Year)

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Everyone has their own personal reason for learning Chinese, including you. Perhaps you are intrigued by languages or you like the idea of being able to communicate with a billion people. But for many Chinese language learners there’s a promise of a variety of work options, and thus, money. That’s what we’ll be talking about ...


Almost 3 weeks have passed since 2022 began, so we thought we’d check in on how everybody’s New Year’s resolutions are going! This is usually when we start slacking in our goals – the “新年 xīn nián ” (new year) is not so “ 新 xīn” anymore, and sticking to a “愿望 yuàn wàng ” (resolution) may not ...


While it’s easy to pronounce brand names in your native tongue, have you ever tried to say them in their original creator’s language? French names tend to be challenging for English speakers, that is until they’ve tried to pronounce them in Chinese! Let this be your guide to finally be able to say the most ...


Earlier this month, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” came out in theaters, and since its debut it’s pulled in nearly $800 million – and on track to make over $1 billion (it probably has already, if you’re reading this after Christmas).
With all eyes on “蜘蛛侠 (Zhīzhū xiá)”, we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you to ...


In the northern hemisphere and many western countries, the holiday season brings images of presents, family, and snow to mind. While mittens, a crackling fire, and mugs of hot cocoa symbolize warmth and coziness to many people, have you ever stopped to wonder: what brings that same nostalgia and comfort to Chinese people who don’t ...


When you come to China, what questions do you expect to get from other people? Unsure? Well, that’s why we not only have a list of questions, but also possible answers for you! Now you can prepare to confidently handle situations from random encounters, to eating at restaurants, to checking into a hotel!
Drum roll, please…

Questions ...


Did the hotpot we told you about in our last post make your heart skip a beat, your mouth water, and your stomach rumble? Well, brace yourself, because we’re about to kick it up a notch as we round off our “10 Kinds of Chinese Hotpot” list with Part 2 today.

6. Guizhou Sour Hotpot (贵州酸汤火锅 guì ...


With it looking more and more like winter, nothing feels better than tucking into a pot of hotpot on a cold day. There’s more to Chinese hotpot, though, than you might think – with a huge range of diversity of flavor, presentation, ingredients, and purported health benefits, you can sample a different hotpot “faction” each ...


Almost without exception, every holiday, especially ones only celebrated in certain parts of the world, have specific foods associated with them. American Thanksgivings feature roast turkey, Greeks prepare lamb for Christmas, and saffron buns are baked for St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden. Chinese holidays are no exception, with the Dragon Boat Festival’s steamed rice dumplings ...


The term “Mid-Autumn Festival” ( zhōng qiū jié 中秋节 ) was first used in the work “Rites of Zhou”. According to the ancient Chinese calendar, the 15th day of the 8th lunar calendar month marks the middle of autumn, hence the holiday on this day is called the “Mid-Autumn Festival”. Having been celebrated since ...


1.How many foreigners are there in Guangzhou?
According to the latest data, there are about 86 thousand foreigners living in Guangzhou. Among them, the 5 countries with the largest number of people are Korea, Japan, India, America, Russian, and Africa with nearly 15 thousand people.
Many foreigners come to Guangzhou for work because there are products they ...


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